Dennis Garcia, co-founder of Filipino band Hotdog, passed away Saturday night. He was 69.

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The news of Garcia’s passing was confirmed by his youngest daughter Isa Garcia on Facebook.

“For those of you who knew my father, it grieves me to inform you all that he passed away tonight. We will keep you posted regarding the details of the wake,” she wrote on Dennis’ Facebook account.

“Our grief at his sudden passing is infinite and now so is he… Thank you for being with us through this difficult time.”

Meanwhile, the cause of Garcia’s passing was not disclosed.

Hotdog is known for some of the biggest OPM hits such as “Manila”, “Bongga Ka ‘Day,” “Annie Batongbakal,” and “Ikaw Ang Miss Universe ng Buhay Ko.”

At the height of their popularity in the late 1970s, the Hotdog band made a movie, “Hotdog, Unang Kagat” produced by Jesse Ejercito and financed by his brother, then San Juan City Mayor Joseph Estrada, who later became President, and who also appeared in that movie. The film was produced and released under Crown Seven Productions Inc.

The movie had the same title as the band’s popular LP, and became a big hit when it was released in May, 1975. Aside from Joseph Estrada, appearing in that film were Fernando Poe Jr., Boots Anson Roa and Connie Angeles. It was directed by Raul T. Silos, with story written by Bert Mendoza and screenplay written by Mendoza and Diego C. Cagahastian.

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